New Jeep Wrangler 2019 review

In the absence of the Land Rover Defender, can the Jeep Wrangler take its place as king of the no-nonsense 4X4?Verdict4Still as rugged and capable off-road as it ever was but with a more civilised interior and more all-round appeal generally, the new Wrangler represents a well-judged step forwards for the famous Jeep. As such it’s hard to think of anything this side of a Mercedes G-Wagen that offers a similar spectrum of ability, and that car costs twice as much as the £48k Wrangler.

They Continue reading “New Jeep Wrangler 2019 review”

Kia Picanto vs Volkswagen up!

The Kia Picanto finally gets a turbocharger, and we pitch it against the Volkswagen up! in our city car challenge

The latest Kia Picanto has been jostling for position with the city car class leaders since it was launched in 2017, thanks to its wide appeal at a wallet-friendly price. It uses the same formula as all its leading rivals, with a grown-up driving experience, low running costs and a surprisingly spacious interior.

One thing it was missing, until now, was a turbo engine at the Continue reading “Kia Picanto vs Volkswagen up!”

What effect to you expect the Green New Deal to have for electric cars? Twitter poll results

San Luis Obispo, CA National Drive Electric Week 2018 [Credit Justin Bradshaw SLO Climate Coalition]

If the goal of the Green New Deal proposed by Democrats in Congress is to get people talking about a transition to renewable energy, then it looks to be gaining traction.

The Senate generated controversy on both sides of the aisle by proposing to hold a token vote on the proposal. Studies have arrived on both sides and in the middle of the political spectrum assessing the feasibility of Continue reading “What effect to you expect the Green New Deal to have for electric cars? Twitter poll results”

Honda Tomo updates Urban EV concept for active lifestyles, and the Geneva show

Teaser for Honda Tomo concept debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show

Honda last week previewed the Tomo, an update on its Urban EV concept with more rounded curves, for the Geneva auto show next month.

The previous Urban EV concept took the 2017 Frankfurt auto show by storm with its cuteness and functionality.

The new concept embraces time away from the big city a little more. It took form via a partnership with design students at the school of fashion and design in Turin, Italy, The students’ Continue reading “Honda Tomo updates Urban EV concept for active lifestyles, and the Geneva show”

Ford recalls 2019 Fusion Energi over high-voltage shock risk

2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford has recalled 2,100 2019 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedans over the risk of a high-voltage electrical shock.

The company discovered a gap in the access panel to the car’s high-voltage electrical drive system that could allow owners, or more likely mechanics, to accidentally touch the energized high voltage system with a probe in the battery compartment (between the rear seat and the trunk).

Ford spokeswoman Monique Brentley said, “This is a compliance Continue reading “Ford recalls 2019 Fusion Energi over high-voltage shock risk”

Ahead of electric-car production, VW demands suppliers cut carbon emissions

Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show

As Volkswagen ramps up to build a new generation of mass-market electric vehicles in the aftermath of its diesel scandal, regulators and environmental groups will likely be paying close attention to their emissions—especially the emissions created in making them.

The Financial Times, in a Sunday report, presented some interesting pieces of information based on an interview with Marco Philippi, the corporate director for procurement for the Continue reading “Ahead of electric-car production, VW demands suppliers cut carbon emissions”

Piech Mark Zero concept leaked ahead of Geneva debut

Official sketches of the Piech Mark Zero, a new Swiss-built, all-electric concept sports car, have been leaked on social media

Currently, the market is awash with all-electric start-up car brands, and this Swiss-built GT car could be the latest addition to the flood. Called the Piech Mark Zero, it’s an electric sports car built by a new company fronted by the son of Ferdinand Piech, the former head of Volkswagen. These leaked teaser images preview the car’s design ahead of its launch at Continue reading “Piech Mark Zero concept leaked ahead of Geneva debut”

New 2019 Jeep Wrangler: full UK pricing and specifications

The all-new Jeep Wrangler is on sale now, featuring two new engines and a starting price of £44,865

Full prices and specifications for the fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler have been announced. The updated range features two new engines, a slight styling lift and a fresh interior, with prices starting from £44,865.

UK versions of the Wrangler will be sold with a choice of two engines; a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 2.2-litre MultiJet II turbocharged diesel. Both powertrains have the Continue reading “New 2019 Jeep Wrangler: full UK pricing and specifications”

Spike in road accidents during 10-minute evening period

Busy traffic period between 4pm and 6pm accounts for nearly a fifth of accidents, with a spike between 5pm and 5:10pm

Road accidents see a significant spike during a 10-minute period in the evening, research shows.

Nearly a fifth of accidents occur during the evening commute period between 4pm and 6pm, with 14.46 per cent of all rush hour accidents taking place between 5pm and 5:10pm, when significant numbers of workers finish for the day.

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New Skoda Vision iV concept: sketch shows interior ahead of Geneva

Interior of the new Skoda Vision iV shown in design sketch, with concept set to morph into a production coupe-SUV in 2021

Skoda is slowly building anticipation for its upcoming all-electric Vision iV coupe-SUV, due to be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Czech firm has released a design sketch of the concept’s interior, which roughly details the dash, front cabin and infotainment system. 

The sketch of the Skoda Vision iV, which will act as a follow-up to the Vision Continue reading “New Skoda Vision iV concept: sketch shows interior ahead of Geneva”